“Good Things”

Joseph F. McConkie, Robert L. Millet

If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your heavenly Father give good gifts, through the Holy Spirit, to them who ask him (JST, Luke 11:14).

“How Much More Shall Your Father Who Is in Heaven Give Good Things to Them That Ask Him?”

There is nothing quite so natural as for a father to give understanding to a son or daughter who inquires sincerely. God desires that ultimately we know all he knows. He is not possessive of his knowledge. He seeks opportunities among his children to make known sacred things. God desires that we become as he is. He is not possessive of his status, of his standing. He seeks opportunities among his children to endow them with power from on high.

“If any of you lack wisdom,” James wrote, “let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth [reproaches, censures] not; and it shall be given him” (James 1:5).

Nor is God’s knowledge and power reserved for those called to lead the Church. “God hath not revealed anything to Joseph,” the latter-day Seer explained, “but what He will make known unto the Twelve, and even the least Saint may know all things as fast as he is able to bear them” (Teachings, p. 149). We have but to ask, at the same time bringing our lives into harmony with the truths we already know.

Doctrinal Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 4